While XSR does review a bit of everything, the one thing we’ve looked at more than anything else is peripherals; specifically mice and their counterpart mats. Today we’re taking a peek at the latest offering from Zowie Gear, a company backed by several professional gamers who fully endorse their products. This one’s called the EC-1, and it’s championed by pro gamer HeatON. Lets see if his endorsement was worth what it cost.
1.5 mm lift-off distance – one of the lowest on the market to date
One of the primary features of the ZOWIE EC-series is the lift-off distance. ZOWIE EC-series has made it possible to create one of the lowest lift-off distance currently available in any optical mouse on the market – 1.5 mm.
1,000Hz USB Report Rate – plug and play with 1.000Hz
Most optical mice are 125Hz which can be artificially raised to 500 – 1,000Hz through driver installations. The ZOWIE EC mice are the only optical mice which has 1,000 Hz from standard, without any installation of drivers.
Improved mouse wheel
The mouse use an optical encoder instead of the cheaper traditional mechanical system and added a new optimized rolling system developed by ZOWIE, which ensures that the mouse wheel is the most durable and precise mouse wheel on the market today.
Adjusting DPI on the fly is not really an innovative feature, but ZOWIE decided to put it on the mouse anyway, as it’s important for a gamer to be able to optimize the settings to create the perfect feeling when playing.
Two shapes – four mice
HeatoN’s EC-series consist of four mice with the same features and specifications. The only difference is coating, color and size.
EC1 and EC2 black, has a rubber coating to increase the grip when holding.
EC1 and EC2 pure white, has the popular smooth coating which reduces sweaty palms.
– 100% stable optical mouse developed for gaming by HeatoN
– Ergonomic designed right hand gaming mouse
– 1.5 mm lift-off distance due to custom developed ZOWIE-lens
– Improved mouse wheel system
– 500/1,000/2,000 DPI adjustment
– 1.000Hz USB report rate
– Operating System: Win2000/XP/VISTA/7 or Mac OS X v10.2 after
– Frames Per Second: 6,500
– Inches Per Second: 40
– Dots Per Inch: 500/1.000/2.000
– Max. Acceleration: 15G
– 1,000Hz USB report rate
– Connector: USB
– Buttons: 5
EC1: 128 x 43 x 62~70 mm / 5 x 1.7 x 2.44~2.76 inch
EC2: 120 x 40 x 58~65 mm / 4.72 x 1.57 x 2.28~2.56 inch
– Length of cable: 2m